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Tips on Buying Humidifiers

by Lindsay Wilcox

Ultrasonic humidifier blows mist into a dark room

Relieve sinus pressure and breathe easier at night when you buy humidifiers for your home. Whether you need a cool-mist humidifier to combat asthma and allergies or a warm-mist humidifier for a soothing vapor treatment, the following tips will help you find the best humidifier to get you feeling better. Read on for tips on buying humidifiers.

Buying a Humidifier:

  1. Look for a simple model. If you frequently suffer from allergies or a stuffy nose, you'll probably want to place a personal humidifier near your bed that you can refill easily. Find a personal humidifier with an easy-to-carry shape and a large, removable water tank that can hold enough water for hours of operation. An air humidifier with a handle and a top-fill option is also easy to clean with soap and water after a few rinses.

  2. Choose between warm- and cool-mist humidifiers. The main difference between a warm-mist humidifier and a cool-mist humidifier is the inclusion of a heating element, which heats the water in a warm-mist humidifier. Thus, this type of air humidifier must be used cautiously in a child's room, and it must be cleaned more frequently than a cool-mist humidifier, as bacteria like to breed in warm, moist places. A cool-mist humidifier, on the other hand, uses no heating element, so it is safer to use, but it tends to be noisier and does require a filter that must be replaced regularly. If you're unsure of the home humidifier that will work best for you, consider the reasons you would like to buy a humidifier. Warm-mist humidifiers are particularly helpful when you are fighting a cold or the flu, while cool-mist humidifiers can treat asthma and allergies. You may also want to think about the climate you live in and the seasons when you'll be using a home humidifier before making a purchase.

  3. Find a quiet, easy-to-use humidifier. Since you'll probably be using a room humidifier while you sleep, you'll want to buy a model that will run consistently and won't keep you awake. An ultrasonic humidifier, which uses ultrasonic frequencies to create water droplets, is among the quietest of room humidifiers and is energy-efficient. If you do buy an ultrasonic humidifier, make sure to clean it frequently, as it will spray stagnant water that contains bacteria if you do not refresh the water. You will also want to use distilled or low-mineral water in an ultrasonic humidifier, as this type of room humidifier can release minerals into the air that settle as white dust.

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